25 People to Watch in 2015: Tod Leiweke

By Ashley Gurbal Kritzer Tod Leiweke CEO, Tampa Bay Lightning and Strategic Property Partners The CEO of the Tampa Bay Lightning will take center stage in another chief executive role in 2015. Tod Leiweke is also CEO of Strategic Property Partners , the holding company for Lightning owner Jeff Vinik ‘s real estate endeavors. After […]

Yankees great Tino Martinez sells Davis Islands mansion for $4.7 million

By Ashley Gurbal Kritzer Former New York Yankees’ player Constantino “Tino” Martinez and his wife, Marie, have sold their waterfront mansion on Davis Islands. The six-bedroom, 10,000-square-foot home on Blanca Avenue sold for $4.7 million to John T. Keiser and Pamela Keiser as trustees of the Keiser Family Living Trust, according to a Hillsborough County […]

Tech company iQor’s HQ deal could be first of many office deals for downtown St. Pete

By Ashley Gurbal Kritzer The owner of the downtown St. Petersburg office building where iQor has signed a lease to move its New York headquarters predicts that the deal is the first of many to come in the next year. IQor U.S. Inc. has signed a lease for 37,340 square feet in the Tower at […]

What a moment of rock ‘n’ roll humiliation taught me about hard work

By John Nemo One of the more humiliating moments of my life happened in front of several hundred people. I was playing lead guitar in a rock band, and it was one of our first live gigs. Terrified at the sea of faces watching my every move, I stared at my hands to make sure […]

Parkway closes on Corporate Center buildings in Tampa’s Westshore for $238M

By Ashley Gurbal Kritzer It’s official: Parkway Properties Inc. has closed on Corporate Center I, II and III for $238 million or $244 per square foot. The Orlando-based real estate investment trust said Tuesday that it had closed on the buildings, which are near International Plaza in Tampa’s Westshore district. When known, near-term moveouts are […]

Buckhorn: Downtown Tampa is best site for Rays stadium, but mass transit a necessity wherever it lands

By Ashley Gurbal Kritzer When it comes to a new stadium for the Tampa Bay Rays, Mayor Bob Buckhorn is adamant about two points: The best location is in the urban core, and the financing of project will be difficult and complex. “I think it will do better here than it does in St. Pete,” […]

Speculative mansion on Davis Islands sells for $2.875M

By Ashley Gurbal Kritzer A waterfront mansion built speculatively on Davis Islands has sold for $2.875 million. The buyer has gone to great lengths to keep their identity confidential. 464 Lucerne LLC, a Colorado corporation, closed on the home at 464 Lucerne Ave. on Dec. 5, according to Hillsborough County property records. The deal appears […]

Kriseman: ‘We are not ceding the Rays to Hillsborough County’

By Wade Tyler Millward The Tampa Bay Rays have the mayor of St. Petersburg’s blessing to scout locations regionally, and now the baseball team’s next hurdle is city council. Mayor Richard Kriseman agreed to allow the Rays three years to evaluate potential new homes outside the city limits, with incentives to stay in either Hillsborough […]